Sep 27, 2012 7:30pm PDT
learn here in all of the great religions of the world. and i think also that there are specific things that are taught here that are not taught anywhere else, and that you can't find in the other religions. for example, the breath technique itself, it's not really one that has been found - the closest thing to it is hatha yoga, from what i understand from religious experts. and there is something called the blue body which ramtha teaches, a blue body healing technique, which deals with some of the higher, subtler energies in the body that are available to us, and we've had remarkable healings occur with people, from this work, and that's something that's not taught anywhere either. >> yogis - yeah, they do use yoga for healing, quite phenomenally, and the tibetan medicine men also use those kinds of techniques. >> oh, right. no, i'm not saying that they don't; i'm saying the blue body healing technique is not - it's not a yoga technique. >> not that particular one. >> right, that one. >> i might jump in also and say that jz has become comfortable, through ramtha's guidance, using the t
Sep 26, 2012 7:30pm PDT
talking about a religion at this point - but to just paint it in a more pop way, because you can see the kinds of things he's saying - if we applied even a few of them, we would find our peace level and happiness level go up regardless of whether or not we happen to be a religious person. so just to go through them here, the eightfold path, first off, what we're talking about is the right path, the right way - the right state of mind. you have to have - and in one way, what he's talking about here are the right kinds of associations as we go through them. that's the first thing that we need to look at. now, as we move through these, you think about this - okay, what's wrong? first, we have to have the right kind of teaching, the right kind of thinking, and that's the first step. so what he is simply talking about is, if you want to walk down this path, first off, you have to make this very simple statement, that you believe the first three of the four noble truths - that we suffer, and that we suffer because of desire or tanha or a separate existence, and there has to be some way out
Sep 28, 2012 3:00pm PDT
culture from top to bottom, from the economy and technology up to the religion. the problem is that what we find in the field as data is primarily information on technology, on the material culture. you find buildings and pot shards and stone tools and things like that. so how do you move from that data to the organization of society and then to their religion and these other aspects of culture ? and there is only one way to do that. and that is to go to living populations, living cultures that are being studied by ethnographers, by our colleagues in cultural anthropology, and use them as analogies. keach: in the 1970s, anthropologists documented a society called the kawelka in the highlan of papua new guinea. the kawelka society numbers about 1,000. they could be either a tribe or a chiefdom, because the population limits defining social types are not fixed. here in the highlands, people raise sweet potatoes and pigs. like the first residents of copan, no one here has acquired great individual wealth. but men like ongka can acquire great prestige and influence. such leaders are called "